Tay Ninh town, the capital of Tay Ninh province, serves as the headquarters of one of Vietnam’s most interesting indigenous religions, Cao Daism. The Cao Dai Great Temple at the sect’s Holy See is one of the most striking structures in all of Asia.


Tay Ninh province, northwest of Ho Chi MinhCity, is bordered by Cambodia on three sides. The area’s dominant geographic feature is Nui Ba Den (Black Lady Mountain), which towers above the surrounding plains. Tay Ninh province’s eastern border is formed by the Saigon River. The Vam Co River flows from Cambodia through the western part of the province
Sightseeing in Tay Ninh
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Tay Ninh Cao Dai Temple – A famous complex built between 1936 and 1955, in the middle of a garden, 4km east of Tay Ninh Town. The most interesting building in the complex is the Great Temple, which was built according to the architectural requirements of the Cao Dai Sect. The construction is a harmonious fusion of Asian and European styles, with domes and embellishments exemplifying the spirit of the region. In the complex, visitors can also admire other buildings, such as the Chanh Mon Gate, the four towers, and the Mother of Buddha Temple. The largest annual festival is the Dieu Tri Kim Mau Festival held on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month. It attracts thousands of people from every corner of the country.
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Ba Den Mountain – A famous complex of cultural and historical sites and beauty spots in Tay Ninh, 11km northeast of Tay Ninh town. Spreading over an area of 24km2, the complex includes three mountains: Heo, Phung and Ba Den, of which the 986m-high Ba Den is the highest peak in the south. Of the pagodas, shrines and temples in the complex, the most noteworthy are the Upper, Middle, and Lower Pagodas. In addition, one should not forget Hang Pagoda and various grottoes of Kim Quang, Kim Son, Thanh Long, Dai Dong and Thien Thai. Ba Den Mountain is also the location of three preservation parks that serve as outdoor museums, which display relics and photographs depicting the life and activities of the Vietnamese Liberation Forces during the American War.
Dau Tieng Reservoir – Located 25km from Tay Ninh, on the way to the Cao Dai Temple and Ba Den Mountain. The lake covers 27,000ha and has a water reserve of 1.5 billion m3 used for irrigation in Tay Ninh. The landscape of Dau Tieng includes beautiful mountains and mysterious islets. The atmosphere is fresh and pure. Tay Ninh now has master plan of developing ecological tourism in Dau Tieng Lake.
Revolutionary Base of the Central Committee Department for South Vietnam – Situated 64km from Tay Ninh Town. It was the revolutionary base of South Vietnam during the resistance against the Americans. On the base, there are the residences and offices of former South Vietnamese leaders. When visiting, remember to visit Hoang Cam kitchen to see a prime example of the intelligence and creativeness of the Vietnamese army during the resistance of war.
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